B’villean thank SI for its ‘open arm’

Bougainvillean Francis Utono has thanked Solomon Islands for its open arm to his people during the 10-year Bougainville crisis that saw hundreds of lives lost. Utono, who escaped the war and has since lived in the Western Province, says without the open arms of Solomon Islanders, Bougainvilleans will suffer terribly. During the recent Bougainville referendum…

Airport upgrade starts

Work to upgrade and improve Honiara International Airport has started, Aviation minister Peter Shanel Agovaka says. Japan, which funded the current terminal, is again funding the multi-million dollar upgrading work. Agovaka told parliament his Permanent Secretary has just returned from Tokyo after signing the contract with the Kitano Construction Company, which won the bid to…

3rd woman elected into Parliament

Lilly Maefai, the wife of the Late MP for East Makira, Charles Maefai is East Makira’s choice after a landslide victory of 3371 votes, defeating former form MP Alfred Ghiro, by 2175 votes. Ghiro polled in second with a total of 1196, followed by another female candidate Rose Murray who polled 644 votes. Counting for…

MINER LICENCE CANCELED

But Sunshine Minerals intends to appeal decision… By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN LITTLE-KNOWN mining company Sunshine Nickel and Sunshine Minerals Ltd is reportedly appealing the Mines and Mineral Board’s recent decision to cancel its prospecting licence. The appeal is to be lodged with the Minister for Mines and Energy Bradley Tovosia. But the move has baffled landowners…

KOSI launches new tuna product

KOKONUT Solomon Islands (KOSI), formerly Kokonut Pacific Solomon Islands, on Friday launched one of its newest products called Tuna in Kokonut oil. The launch took place during the Strongim Bisnis Christmas market yon the street of Honiara near the underpass next to the ITA Hardware.  Managing Director Bob Pollard said the Tuna was originally from the…

Wale: Caucus decision unfair

OPPOSITION leader Matthew Wale says the decision by Caucus to deny the Chinese component of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) to six constituencies in Malaita is not fair. Wale told the Solomon Star if the Caucus has to do that based on the Auki communique which was signed and forwarded by the Malaita Provincial government,…

PM distances Sam Group from gov’t

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare says the Government has no connection and does not know about China Sam group. He was answering question in parliament about the controversial Chinese firm. East Are’Are MP Peter Kenilorea has questioned why China Sam Group was included as part of Sogavare’s delegation during his recent visit to China and what…

Body found washed ashore

A BODY of a middle aged man has been found washed ashore at Susuka village in Choiseul province over the weekend. Acting Police Commissioner Mostyn Mangau revealed this at the commissioner’s weekly conference, Thursday. “I urged the general public to support police in their investigation,” Mangau said. He appealed to anyone who may have any…

Church condemns actions of Rietveld

THE Christian Reformed Churches of Australia (CRCA) says they have taken a strong stance against the actions of Kevin Rietveld, who was jailed for three years recently for abusing girls here. That’s according to CRCA’s chairman of the National Sexual Abuse Complaints Committee Rev Dr Leo Douma in a statement issued to the Solomon Star…